Stoke and Swansea have had shockers, but I expect one winner - Merson

Paul Merson prefers the home side Stoke City to prosper over Swansea City in this Sunday match-up.

Neither Swansea City nor Stoke City will have been content with their most recent performance, as the former failed to capitalise on a confidence-sapped Newcastle United side by drawing 2-2 while Stoke were slayed 3-1 by Sunderland.

This weekend, they both face each other but rather than play for a draw, Sky Sports analyst Paul Merson envisages a scenario where only one team bounces back - and it won't be Swansea, he writes.

"I expected Swansea to beat Newcastle in their last game, but they couldn’t manage to do it," said Merson.

"Stoke had a shocker in their last game as well, losing at Sunderland. Both teams need to get back to winning ways, but I rarely go against Stoke at home.

"This will be a good game and I expect it to be wide open. People ask me if the Britannia is a less intimidating place to go nowadays and maybe because Mark Hughes wants the players to get the ball down and play they are not as “in your face” as the old Stoke.

"The place doesn’t have the same intimidation about it and teams don’t have to defend long balls and long throws like they used to, but there is still a great atmosphere."

Swansea are currently on a run of four games without a win, with two draws against two losses.

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